Royal Caribbean

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 |
Despite its name, Royal Caribbean does not stick to the Caribbean cruising grounds. The varied and interesting ships can be found all over, in Alaska, Canada, New England, South America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific.

The line was founded in 1968 by 3 Norwegian shipping companies, with no inkling of the enormity to come. 2 years later the first ship was launched, the Song of Norway. The Norwegian Prince came soon afterwards, and after 4 years of operation the Sun Viking was added and both original ships were lengthened to keep up with demand- an interesting solution!

In 1986, Royal Caribbean led the way in private destinations by leasing Labadee in Haiti and Coco Cay, and soon after launched a Royal Caribbean ship as we know them today- Sovereign of the Seas, the biggest passenger vessel afloat at the time. The ships kept coming, and soon all had names ending in 'of the Seas." Sovereign Class, Vision Class, Freedom Class and Radiance Class ships  were added to the fleet, and the line merged with Celebrity Cruise Line, changing its name to Royal Caribbean International.

In 2009 and 2010 a new class was debuted, the Oasis Class consisting of Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, both of which are in fact monsters of the seas- the world's current biggest cruise ships. Allure is 2 inches longer than her sister ship! These ships are floating hotels, amusement parks, malls and entertainment centres all rolled in to one, with different 'neighbourhoods' of facilities and entertainment. Central Park has the first living park at sea, and both ships have onboard ice rinks, shops, a sloping fake beach, many restaurants and everything else you could hope for in a cruise ship!

Allure of the Seas
by Rennet Stowe Flickr Creative Commons

Royal Caribbean ships range from mid-sized to enormous and are of different ages, but are constantly updated to keep the fleet fresh. There is both flexible and traditional dining, several casual options including the buffet and burgers, and Royal Caribbean has a wide range of specialty restaurants which are made easily accessible with package deals. Entertainment is plentiful- bars, casino, daytime activities, nightclubs, miingolf, ice rinks, boxing rings and surf simulators depending on the ship, and fantastic theatre productions. For the kids, There are of course programmes for all ages and activities galore, as well as the chance to meet some favourite animated characters! Royal Caribbean has teamed up with Dreamworks animation to put the Dreamworks Experience on some of its ships.

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Author: Ryan Posa+

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